It’s cold out and I’m cold, the house is cold, my posse is cold (except for Ra, of course). It’s truly hibernation weather. And with me being old and of fragile health, I really shouldn’t be doing anything except picking out some music to play. No. No, I got this. It’s the least I can do for you. I haven’t really gone out in the wild and brought home any captured albums, so it’s down to the vault today. No theme tonight, just hit it and quit it songs.
Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra explains what men need to achieve Nirvana. There is another take on this, which you can find in *Dark Town After Dark.
Nobody can really do justice to a Kool & the Gang song. That’s just a fact. Except nobody told this to Funk Inc.
I wish I would have had the chance to see Cannonball Adderley play live. He always had these little introductions to his songs that told you what it was about. This version of Walk Tall is slower than the original, and that makes it sound a little like it’s fighting adversity. Keeping your head up and walking tall.
This Sheila E cut is from her second album, and all it is, is a showcase for her to blaze the timbales.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
A Pretty Girl, a Cadillac and Some Money- Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra
I Dig Love- George Harrison
Kool is Back- Funk Inc.
Walk Tall (Baby That’s What I Need)- The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Merci for the Speed of a Mad Clown in Summer- Sheila E
*The title of this song is a quote from President Nixon and Ford’s Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz. He was explaining why the Republicans weren’t attracting the black vote. “I’ll tell you what the coloreds want…”.